This 10-month program is designed for recent college graduates and offers students the opportunity for a full-time mentored research experience, rigorous training in programming using Python, regular workshops on oral and written scientific communication, and individualized career preparation within a supportive community – ideal preparation for graduate school in genomics or a related field.

The dates for the 2021-2022 program are September 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022. Applications for the 2022-2023 program will open in late 2021.

All students participating in the OGR Extensive Study program will take part in cutting-edge research as part of an independent research team in a lab at the Washington University School of Medicine. All students will give oral presentations on their research findings as part of a Closing Symposium at the end of their respective programs.

The OGR programs provides a competitive post-baccalaureate salary.


Requirements

  • GPA: Competitive – highly competitive
  • Residency: Must be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Major/Degree: Science, technology, engineering or mathematics (with some exceptions)

Extensive Study scholars must have completed a BS within two years of the application.

OGR is supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute’s Diversity Action Plan.


Apply

Once the Extensive Study application is open, applicants can start an application by clicking on the “Apply Online” button below, creating a new account, and using the application for Summer Undergraduate Research Programs. Do NOT use the “Online Application” link when logged in to the system.

Selected labs

Available projects for OGR participants come from essentially all fields of biology, with a common thread being that all projects leverage genomics-based approaches. Below are a small sampling of current OGR mentors and relevant research areas 

  • Luis Batista – stem cells, iPS cells, telomerase, DNA repair, DNA damage, tissue dysfunction, telomeres 
  • Barak Cohen – systems biology, enhancers and gene regulatory networks, non-coding genetic variation, computational biology, genomics 
  • Kerry Kornfeld – genetics, cell biology, and developmental biology
  • Christopher Maher – non-coding RNAs, lncRNAs, cancer genomics, transcriptome, bioinformatics
  • Rob Mitra – Deciphering the transcriptional regulatory networks that control development, single-molecule proteomics.
  • Christina Guzman-Strong – epigenetics, genetics, genomics, chromatin, enhancer, skin, transcriptional regulation, disease, translational research 
  • Matt Walter – cancer, functional genomics, gene expression profiling, hematopoiesis, stem cells, tumor biology
  • Ting Wang – Evolutionary characterization of gene regulatory networks, biological function, and regulation of transposable elements, computational epigenomics.

Learn more about our current and former OGR students, as well as the research being done in the program, here.

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